All month long, our City Guide podcast series has been crisscrossing the US and highlighting the sounds of some of our favorite cities. This week, we check in with the eclectic sounds of Portland, courtesy of Strategy, who we convinced to take a break from finishing up his forthcoming album on kranky to represent for the City of Roses. Read more »
The opening track of Subiza, the third full-length album from Barcelona's much-lauded synth-pop outfit Delorean, sounds like nothing other than pure, ecstatic joy. The sentiment mirrors those of fans awaiting the XLR8R cover stars' forthcoming record, and "Stay Close" provides the perfect taste of what to expect from the quartet. Bouncing sub-basslines, syncopated synth melodies, a host of angelic vocal samples, and intimate, heartfelt singing from frontman Ekhi Lopetegi float around a subtle UK funky-inspired beat—creating a sum far more rapturous than its parts. Subiza is out June 8 on True Panther, and available for pre-order now.
The field recording of a playground that starts off "You Got the Love" fits the theme of Inner Child, a compilation whose proceeds go to benefit Atlanta's Dream House for Kids, from which the track is taken, but is a bit less instep with the song itself. Kastle's soulful number is equal parts mysterious, Burial-esque dubstep and classic piano house, but not the least bit childish or playful in any way. Both the poignant vocal melody and solid production work are trademarks of an artist that takes his work seriously. Regardless, the thoughtful, grooving sounds heard within "Love" are sure to stand out amongst the other contributed tracks on the philanthropic release.
LA's beat-centric Alpha Pup label recently added a new producer to its ranks with the melodic sub-loving styles of Take and his debut full-length, Only Mountain. Taken from said debut, "Incredibright" is a bit of a beguiling title for this slice of wobbling dubstep. The reverberated piano flourishes and plinking synth melodies, uh, brighten up the track, but—for the most part—Take's mid-album jam is ruled by crunchy space trash and woozily sinister low-frequency sounds.
Just in terms of its sheer volume, this mixed archive of chillout moods and grooves from the early to mid-1990s is an essential audio document. One of the features of this release is a digital-only, three-hour-plus continuous mix that includes tracks by Peter Namlook, Sun Electric, MLO, Theorem, and FUSE. Read more »
Philipp Jung (of M.A.N.D.Y.) and Matthew Dear have a new party called Buddies. Hosted by Sigu in the heart of New York City, the party will see the two spinning house, disco, and deep soul every month at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, with the aim of bringing their crowd-pleasing road show to the city they sleep in. Read more »
If you're still working off that hangover from SXSW, why not take a trip down to Mexico tomorrow? On March 25, XLR8R and Hilda55 team up to host a party that will feature performances by Ghosts on Tape and Nguzunguzu. This invitation-only soiree will be held in the HQ El Tinieblo at Morelos 870, Barrio Antiguo, Monterrey. In order to grab an invitation, go here. Read more »
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